Weekend Reading of Interest

Poor Availability of Healthy Food in American Samoa

CDC epidemiologists recently conducted a survey in American Samoa on the availability of healthy food items in convenience and grocery stores. Convenience stores were defined as outlets where they had only one cash register while grocery stores were defined as places where they had more than one cash register. It was also known that in American Samoa, about 75% of residents are obese; it was hypothesised that this may be due to less availability of healthy food items that people can buy from convenience or other food marts. The investigators decided to survey only one island and sampled about 90 stores including convenience stores, grocery stores, and restaurants. They found that compared with unhealthy food items (such as fatty meat, and fries, etc), heathy food items were more expensive and were less likely to be sold from grocery stores and convenience stores. There was slightly more availability in grocery stores and less availability in the convenience stores. These findings, according to the investigators are not much different from what you can expect in a regular American context.

The full study is described here

Future of Taptic Keyboards

Expect in future in computers and tablets and phones from Apple not to have regular keys. Instead, like their just introduced concepts of flat surface pressure sensitive trackpads, we shall have “key labels” that will be force tapped to produce the fonts and glyphs”
Interesting idea


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